Horse Shoe Layout

Horse Shoe Layout #1



Difficulty: Easy

The Horse Shoe is an old classic tarot layout. It is more advanced than the 3-card reading, yet simpler than most other layouts. It is a versatile method that can be used for most queries, though there are other layouts which would go into more depth. Like the simple Past, Present, and Future layout, it contains these cards in positions 1, 2, and 7, but also has 4 other cards that help the reader understand how to deal with the Future better. The cards are to be read as follows:

  1. The Past: This card represents past events that are affecting the question.
  2. The Present: This card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.
  3. Hidden Influences: Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.
  4. Obstacles: This is the challenge. Obstacles might be avoided, or you may have to deal with them.
  5. External Influences: Attitudes and thoughts about this situation from people around the querent.
  6. Suggestions: Recommended course of action.
  7. The Final Outcome: This card represents what would happen if the suggestion is followed.









Your Horse Shoe Reading


Hidden Influences

  External Influences

The Present


The Past

  The Outcome






The Past Card represents past events that are affecting the question.



Bathing in nectar, your happiness shall increase. Friends and wealth will build up substantially. Prospects are good for all things. Your agility will be impressive - quick like a slippery fish. It will be very beneficial should you seek visions in peaceful fire rituals.





The Present Card represents the current state or immediately approaching influence.



The sign of "The Stainless Sky" suggests that you should listen carefully to the spirits of the air. Your mind should be cleansed of impure thoughts. This sign also suggests that to retain friends or wealth, small offerings should be made. Generally this is an average sign, neither bad nor good.





Hidden Influences - Things that you may not be aware of, or barely be aware of.



This is a sign of great prosperity and wealth. Resources will be vast, and things will be very good. Rituals involving earth and wealth energies and construction of stupas, shrines, and the like are beneficial. Rituals of destruction are not beneficial, and there is a possibility of delay in travel or in switching any plans.












Obstacle - This is the challenge.



Like the flow of water stops when its source is cut off, this is a sign of stagnation and declination. This sign suggests that you need to reestablish your connection to a higher power. A spiritual source has been blocked, and your intentions have been corrupted. Earthly desires and new relationships are not favorable.





External Influences - Attitudes about this situation from people around the querent.



You will bear witness to an amazing sign. This is a sign of unification, good fortune, success, harmony, and happiness. You should continue on the same path you have been on. The prospects of this sign are not merely good, but excellent. Your life will be enriched.





Suggestion - The recommended course of action.



This sign indicates a great disturbance, and that happiness will be destroyed. There is most likely an enemy, perhaps even a lawsuit. Black magic may have been performed against you. You are being harmed by reciprocal fighting, gossip, or by having gone to a place of much quarreling. Nothing you do will produce successful results unless you intend to do harm. Now is the time to confront your enemies and settle differences. You should try to find a positive way to vent negative emotions, such as taking action against a perceived injustice. Rituals of making yellow clay stupas representative of deities, saints, or sacred happenings would be beneficial.





The Outcome - What will happen if the suggestion is followed.



Remember that you will reap what you sew. Do not allow yourself to become greedy or totally self-absorbed. To do so will leave you isolated and unhappy, even if you had all the money in the world.






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